“Three Strikes And You’re Out,” Cowboy Copas

This might be the first song I’ve heard where baseball is used as a metaphor for infidelity.  The song is very country and also very … well, “bouncy” isn’t quite the word I’m looking for here, but it’s close.


“Baseball, Baby,” Johnny Darling

This song is a doo-wop tune about baseball that really isn’t about baseball, but rather an analogy for something else entirely.  I haven’t been able to find anything beyond this song about the Johnny Darling and Chorus group, but this is a catchy tune and a lot of fun to listen to.


“Home Run,” Chance Halladay

When this song started playing, I had a vague impression that I’ve heard it before.  As the song played on, however, I grew less sure.  Regardless of whether I actually have heard it before or not, it’s a catchy tune with some fun baseball allusions.  Enjoy!


“Brand New Game,” by Willy Tea Taylor

If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, this song is probably not the way to go.  But I do like the analogies between baseball and life.


“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (1927 version), by Jack Norworth

The original version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was released in 1908, written on a piece of scrap paper on a train ride into Manhattan.  Because one version of the song just wasn’t enough, in 1927 Jack Norworth changed some of the lyrics of this classic, set again to the music composed by Albert Von Tilzer.

Nelly Kelly love baseball games,
Knew the players, knew all their names,
You could see her there ev’ry day,
Shout “Hurray,” when they’d play.
Her boy friend by the name of Joe
Said, “To Coney Isle, dear, let’s go,”
Then Nelly started to fret and pout,
And to him I heard her shout.

“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don’t care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.”

Nelly Kelly was sure some fan,
She would root just like any man,
Told the umpire he was wrong,
All along, good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Nelly Kelly knew what to do,
Just to cheer up the boys she knew,
She made the gang sing this song.

“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don’t care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.”


1958 Yankees Stars Sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

This was a lucky gem of a find.  In 1958, Yankees players Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, and Bill Skowron appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show along with Jack Norworth, writer of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”  The group, along with the help of the crowd, sings the baseball anthem, followed up by a few questions from Mr. Sullivan.


“Go, Cubs, Go,” by Steve Goodman

I stumbled across this video while browsing YouTube.  The song, which debuted in 1984, finally made it onto the Billboard charts a week after the Cubs won the 2016 World Series.